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Roger Williams

MP for Brecon and Radnorshire

Roger WilliamsRoger Williams entered Parliament at his first attempt in 2001, holding this seat for the Liberal Democrats. He was subsequently relected in 2005 and 2010.

After attending Christ College, Brecon, Roger Williams read Natural Science at Selwyn College, Cambridge, 1966-69, From 1969 to 2001, he was a livestock farmer; his other roles in public life included:

Chairman: of Brecon Beacon National Park [1990 - 1996]; of Brecon & Radnorshire National Farmers' Union [1985]: and of the Mid Wales Agri-Food partnership and board-member of the Wales Agri-Food Partnership [1999 - 2001]. Vice-chairman of the Training and Enterprise Council for Powys [1995]. Board-member: of the Training and Enterprise Council for mid-Wales [1997]; of the European Centre for Wales in Brussels [1993 - 2001]; and of the Development Board for Rural Wales [1991 - 1999]. Lay School Inspector for Wales and England [1995 - 2001].

He is a member of: the Farmers' Union of Wales, the National Farmers' Union and the Country Landowners and Business Association. His personal interests include: walking, reading, cricket and rugby

He was a Powys County Councillor [SDP 1981-88; Lib Dem 1988-2001]; in 1999 he contested Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire for the National Assembly for Wales.

As an MP his work on local issues includes campaigns for: better contingency planning to deal with bird flu; a rural fuel derogation; disclosure of membership of closed societies; red phone boxes; and rural broadband. He has campaigned against identity cards [NO2ID], aspartame and the illegal meat trade.

In Parliament he was appointed Spokesperson for Food and Rural Affairs [2002], for Wales [2003] and Whip [2004]; he is a member of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. He is also the Liberal Democrat representative to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly. Roger is an office-holder of the All Party Groups on: Agriculture and Food for Development; Conservation and Wildlife; Fibromyalgia; Fire Safety and Rescue; Game and Wildlife Conservation; Gardening and Horticulture; Gurkha Welfare; Horses; Islamic Finance; Middleway; Minerals; National Parks; Western Sahara. In 2003 he participated in the parliamentary armed forces scheme and was seconded to the army for a year.

In 2007 Roger entered the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Wales. Since May 2010, Roger has been co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Welsh Parliamentary Party Committee. He is also a member of the Foreign Affairs Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committees on Foreign Affairs, Environment Food and Rural Affairs and Energy and Climate Changes (DEFRA/DECC).

General Interests

Education, Economic Development . Leisure - Walking, Reading, Cricket, Rugby.

Contact Details

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Recent Updates

  • Article: Nov 29, 2013

    Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams has today shown his support for Prostate Cancer UK and Movember and their mission to change the face of men's health by having his moustache shaved off on the Daily Politics show, after ditching the razor for a month.

    Movember, the month formerly known as November, sees Mo Bros - with the support of women in their lives - grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health. Prostate Cancer UK is the principal UK partner of Movember. In the UK this year over a quarter of a million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas have signed up to Movember, raising over £8,500,000 to date to help beat prostate cancer, testicular cancer and improve men's health. Thanks to the generous support of the Movember Foundation, Prostate Cancer UK has been able to dramatically ramp up its investment in research and services across the country.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2013

    Yesterday in the House of Commons Business Secretary Vince Cable announced plans to give the Royal Mail the commercial freedom and access to capital that other large businesses enjoy so that it can continue to innovate and invest in a changing postal market.

    Regardless of the ownership of Royal Mail, the public interest will continue to be protected through the regulatory regime Ofcom and through the universal service obligation which can only be changed by an Act of Parliament. This means the one price goes anywhere service, six days a week, will be protected by law.

  • Article: Jul 10, 2013

    On Saturday Roger Williams unanimously secured the backing of the Liberal Democrats to stand again in Brecon and Radnorshire as the Parliamentary candidate for the 2015 elections.

    Mr Williams, first elected in 2001, will be hoping to continue to push for job creation, support local businesses and attract investment to the constituency.

  • Article: Jun 6, 2013

    During questions to the Attorney General in the House of Commons, Roger Williams the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire raised the issue of widespread, smaller cases of fraud on individuals that could be part of more serious operations.

    Mr Williams raised the issue following meetings with a number of constituents who had experienced fraud of up to £3000 and had limited success with Action Fraud. In 2010 the Serious Fraud Office was separated from other fraud elements and placed under the control of the Attorney General, with other areas covered by the Home Office.

  • Article: Dec 4, 2012

    The new Grocery Code Adjudicator will be able to fine large supermarkets who deal with suppliers unfairly, Liberal Democrat Competition Minister, Jo Swinson has announced.

    Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire has long campaigned for a fair deal for farmers and suppliers. The Coalition Government has now listened to concerns from stakeholders and given the Adjudicator more teeth to protect farmers and other small suppliers.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2012

    On the opening day of the Royal Welsh Show, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have reiterated their pledge to continue to fight for a fair deal for farmers.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have long fought for farmers and consumers in Wales to get a fair price for Welsh produce. That's why the party is backing the UK Coalition Government's new "Supermarket Ombudsman".

  • Article: May 9, 2012

    Brecon and Radnorshire Liberal Democrat MP, Roger Williams has welcomed the Queen's speech that was delivered today to both houses at the state opening of Parliament. The speech, which sets the programme for the Governments year ahead, had economic growth as its main priority. There was also a commitment to introduce a Grocery Code Adjudicator, reform of electricity markets and the water industry.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2012

    Commenting on the death of Lord Emlyn Hooson, former Liberal Democrat for MP for Montgomeryshire, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

    "Emlyn Hooson was respected in the House of Lords and the wider political community for his passionate liberalism, his love of Wales and his sharp intellect. Not only will he be remembered for his high profile legal work, he will also be remembered for establishing the Welsh Liberal Party in Wales - something we are still proud of today.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2012

    ACTION NEEDED TO PREVENT FURTHER RURAL BANK CLOSURES- WILLIAMS

    Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams used today's Westminster Hall debate to highlight the damaging effect bank closures have on rural communities.

    The debate has been widely seen as a success having achieved cross party consensus stressing the need for a Banking Summit and the consideration of pilot schemes for Community Banking facilities, in order to maintain access to financial services in rural areas.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2011

    Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams has welcomed the Autumn Statement in which the Coalition Government sets economic policy between budgets.

    The statement announced many measures to stimulate growth that will help Wales including:

    • Deferring January's 3ppl rise in fuel duty and scrap next August's 2ppl rise.
    • The Youth Contract, which will see Government fund incentives for companies taking on young people.
      • The basic state pension (BSP) will increase by the triple guarantee in April 2012, delivering the largest ever cash increase (5.2%) in the BSP in Wales, benefiting 600,000 Welsh pensioners.
      • Credit easing measures which will give much needed cash flow to many small and medium sized businesses in Wales.
      • Investment in Telecoms bringing better broadband to urban and rural areas.
      • Welsh Power station consents bringing further investment and jobs to North Wales.
      • Further funds to be allocated to Wales for investment under Barnett consequential totalling £216.2million in the current spending bloc.